Low-Frequency noise: A problem no one pays attention to

Charles Morgan met with Gov. Abbott in Leona at the Leona General Store on Aug. 8. While there he had an opportunity to express his concern, regarding House Bill 1818, to question the decision why the Railroad Commission did not include noise in the Strategic Plan required by HB 1818.
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Teague resident and former professional engineer, Charles Morgan, spoke with Texas Governor Greg Abbott Wednesday, Aug. 8 regarding House Bill 1818. Morgan questioned the decision to not include noise in the Strategic Plan required by HB 1818.

"We are gravely concerned about the Texas Railroad Commission's (RRC) decision to not included compressor stations and the issue of noises they generate in the strategic plan for 2019," Morgan said. "The basis of your actions for Texas is based on the four pillars of safety and security, education, economic advancement and preservation of liberty." Morgan also spoke before the RRC Tuesday, May 22 with the hopes of getting someone to pay attention to the low-frequency noise problem caused by, he believes, gas and oil well compressor stations. Since the RRC currently regulates oil and gas operations and drilling, as well as facilities, pipelines and equipment pertinent to pipelines, Morgan was requesting a state noise bill assigning regulation of noise emitted by oil and gas operations and facilities to the RRC. The commission, at that time, was meeting to discuss a strategic plan designed to control issues in and around the railroad field to protect the public health as well as the environment. “I have been studying this problem with the noise for the last ten years,” Morgan said. “The strategic plan addresses the oil and gas wells, but it doesn’t address the compressor stations and these compressor stations are the main component of the oil and gas facilities that generate this low-frequency noise.” Morgan explained his main reason for addressing the commission was to, hopefully, have something added into the plan to protect the public from this problem.

“We don’t have any state laws to protect us from this low-frequency noise,” he said. “The problem is we have people dying because of this noise.”

 

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